California on Pace to Meet Clean Air Standards
LOS ANGELES (AP) - If wet, windy weather holds through New Year's Eve, Southern California is expected to reach an important milestone in its war on smog: For the first time, the region is on pace to meet federal carbon monoxide standards.
To comply, the area has to have no more than one day each year over a two-year period in which emissions standards are exceeded. So far it has posted only one bad day this year. It had none in 2001.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District attributed the trend to improved smog-control devices on newer cars.
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